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A Growing Number of Communities Choosing To Stop Adding Fluoride To Drinking Water

Published on October 18, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

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An increasing number of communities are choosing to stop fluoridating their water systems–this after the federal government recommended changing the amount of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in 50 years. Although many U.S states are well aware that fluoride is a toxic poison that should be permanently removed from the water supply, government initiatives at the federal level may show some change of mindset.

The Department of Health and Human Services and Environmental Protection Agency earlier proposed changing fluoride levels because of an increase in fluorosis — a condition that causes spotting and streaking on children’s teeth.

Last week, Pinellas County, on Florida’s west coast, voted to stop adding fluoride to its public water supply after starting the program seven years ago. The county joins about 200 jurisdictions from Georgia to Alaska that have chosen to end the practice in the last four years, motivated both by tight budgets and by major skepticism about its benefits, if any.

Eleven small cities or towns have opted out of fluoridating their water this year, including Fairbanks, Alaska, which acted after much deliberation and a comprehensive evaluation by a panel of scientists, doctors and dentists. The panel concluded that in Fairbanks, which has relatively high concentrations of naturally occurring fluoride, the extra dose no longer provided the help it once did and may, in fact, be harmful.

Fluoride was first added to water in the United States in the 1940s to help prevent tooth decay in children 8 years and under. These assumptions were later dismissed by hundreds of scientific publications which showed that internal consumption of fluoridated water had no effect on tooth decay.

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